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amplify


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Amplify  \Am"pli*fy\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Amplified};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Amplifying}.]  [F.  amplifier,  L.  amplificare  See 
  {Ample},  {-fy}.] 
  1.  To  render  larger,  more  extended,  or  more  intense,  and  the 
  like  --  used  especially  of  telescopes,  microscopes,  etc 
 
  2.  (Rhet.)  To  enlarge  by  addition  or  discussion;  to  treat 
  copiously  by  adding  particulars,  illustrations,  etc.;  to 
  expand;  to  make  much  of 
 
  Troilus  and  Cressida  was  written  by  a  Lombard 
  author,  but  much  amplified  by  our  English 
  translator.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Amplify  \Am"pli*fy\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  become  larger.  [Obs.] 
 
  Strait  was  the  way  at  first  withouten  light,  But 
  further  in  did  further  amplify.  --Fairfax. 
 
  2.  To  speak  largely  or  copiously;  to  be  diffuse  in  argument 
  or  description;  to  dilate;  to  expatiate;  --  often  with  on 
  or  upon  --Watts. 
 
  He  must  often  enlarge  and  amplify  upon  the  subject 
  he  handles.  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  amplify 
  v  1:  increase  in  size,  volume  or  significance:  "Her  terror  was 
  magnified  in  her  mind."  [syn:  {magnify}] 
  2:  to  enlarge  beyond  bounds  or  the  truth:  "  tended  to 
  romanticize  and  exaggerate  this  ``gracious  Old  South'' 
  imagery."  [syn:  {overstate},  {exaggerate},  {overdraw},  {hyperbolize}, 
  {magnify}]  [ant:  {understate}] 
  3:  exaggerate  or  make  bigger;  "The  charges  were  inflated"  [syn: 
  {inflate},  {blow  up},  {expand}] 
  4:  increase  the  volume  of  "amplify  sound" 




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